NORMAN — Eugene (Gene) Howard Duggan, 95, of Norman, died Aug. 16, 2013, at Noble Health Care Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 26, at St. Charles Borromeo Chapel in the St. Joseph Parish Family Life Center, 421 East Acres in Norman. Inurnment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 1913 North Porter in Norman. Funeral arrangements are by Primrose Funeral Service, 1109 North Porter, Norman, OK 73071 and condolences may be sent there. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Norman Regional Health Foundation, nrhfoundation.org, or the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org.
The first child of Christie Howard and Hilda Katrina (Meyer) Duggan, Gene was born in Gordon, Kan. on June 16, 1918. He grew up in the Oklahoma oil fields and had many happy memories of family get-togethers with aunts, uncles, and cousins in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma.
Gene graduated from Webb City High School in 1934 and the University of Oklahoma in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. While in college, he participated in ROTC, Engineer’s Club and intramural boxing. Shortly after graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps where he attained the rank of captain.
In 1935, Gene met the love of his life, Mary Virginia Marshall, when they were next door neighbors in the Burbank Oil Field. Although it took him a year to muster the nerve to ask her out, they courted during their college years while Virginia attended the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. They married May 27, 1942, at Midland Texas Army Air Corps Base and enjoyed 63 years together until her death.
After leaving the Army, the couple moved to Pawhuska where Gene worked at the Skelly Oil Research Lab. In 1951, the family moved to Wichita, Kan. when he got a job at Cessna Aircraft, primarily doing metallurgical stress testing. In 1966, he went to work for the Boeing Company in Wichita, from which he retired in 1980.
Upon retirement, they moved to Norman to be near family. Gene loved to hunt and fish, especially with his beloved brother, Don. He was an avid golfer, card player, carpenter, woodworker, and OU football fan. He loved to garden and for many years helped care for the grounds at St. Joseph Church in Norman. He and Virginia loved to travel, especially with their camper trailer.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Virginia, and brother, Donald.
He is survived by three daughters, Mary Teresa Baer (Ted) of Norman and her sons, Christopher Allan Baer of Wichita, Kan. and Charles Phillip (Chip) Baer, Kathleen Ann (Katy) Duggan of Norman and her daughters, Lisa Marie Gaca of Huntington, W.Va., Linda Gernert of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Amy Klingenberg of Wheat Ridge, Colo., and Patricia Sue Duggan (Danny Hewett) of Overland Park, Kan. and her daughter, Allison Beth Duggan Tompkins of Oakland, Calif. and son, Kyle Andrew Duggan Tompkins of Olympia, Wash.; and one son, John Michael Duggan (Angela) of Honolulu, Hawaii and his daughter, Susan Lila Duggan of Honolulu, Hawaii; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A special thanks to the staff at Arbor House Reminisce who treated Gene like family during his time there and to Noble Health Care Center and Loving Care Home Health and Hospice which provided comfort, kindness and wonderful care during his final months.